January Wine Blog

by / Tuesday, 29 January 2019 / Published in Uncategorized

Happy New Year from all at Denbies Wine Estate!

We are looking forward to another great year and the release of some spectacular wines later on in the season.

In the vineyard, the vines are now dormant for winter, with pruning beginning very shortly. After a six week period, this will be closely followed by a team pulling out unwanted canes, then another small team starting to tie the fruiting canes to the wires, in readiness for spring bud burst. We will also make a start on mechanically trimming the minimally pruned plots (Muller, Bacchus and Ortega), which will hopefully just take a couple of weeks.

At the same time that the vines are being pruned, another small team will be going through the vineyard to repair any damaged trellis. This is very important in the minimally pruned plots, due to the extra weight of the vines in summer with their full canopy.

Every year after harvest is in we start our machinery maintenance program. This will involve a complete overhaul of the mechanical harvester, all tractors, sprayers, mowers and trimmers. This should be completed by early spring when the machines will be needed again in the vineyard, ready for another season.

The winery have begun a busy new year, disgorging our sparkling wines and fine-tuning our premium Vineyard Select wines such as Bacchus, Pinot Noir and Ranmore Hill, ready for their release later this year. With tanker and barrel space at a premium following the bounteous harvest of 2018, it is the task of the winery manager at this time to ensure that still wines are released for bottling at the optimum moment to retain the all-important fresh fruit flavours. We look forward to sharing progress as we go through the seasons.


To Our Valued Customers

In accordance with current government guidelines,  The Hatch on the Lawn takeaway refreshments and the Wine and Gift Shop (which operates an off-sales licence) are permitted to remain open during the current lockdown.  

Denbies Online Shop is also open for deliveries and click & collect.

All areas open to the public at this time are fully COVID compliant and risk assessments have been independently verified.


If you have made a reservation which may be cancelled due to current government guidelines, you will be contacted via e-mail by Denbies Events Team.  Reception will be closed, therefore the telephones will not be monitored

Please follow government guidelines at all times - information here

Unfortunately due to the current government guidelines, the main visitor centre has to remain closed. As the Denbies toilet facilities are located within the building, they are not classed as public toilets and therefore must remain closed. 

Denbies operates an open access policy for visitor to make use of the vineyard for recreational purposes. If anyone has any concerns regarding the limited facilities at this time, we are updating the website regularly and also communicating via email to visitors who have signed up on our website.

Thank you for your consideration and patience at this time.

During this time the following will be open;

The Hatch on the Lawn (located at the front of the building)


Daily 10am - 3pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm



Denbies Wine & Gift Shop

Daily 11am - 2pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

20% Off all wine purchases 6+ bottles/mixed case applies

On-line Shop delivery

Last Orders for Click and Collect  10am - 3pm

20% Off all wine purchases 6+ bottles/mixed case applies

On-line Gifts & Vouchers

Monetary e-vouchers ◊E-Gift Experiences

Apologies - we are unable to respond to phone enquiries during this period of time.  Please visit the website for future reservations.  For amends to existing reservations ONLY, please email [email protected]  We are only able to offer limited response at this time.

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